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Source Image: PR308_06_03 of Apprentice Pieces: Feet of Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces

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Description

A pair of carved feet, probably apprentice practice pieces.

Monument
Aphrodisias: Apprentice Pieces 
Monument Part
Apprentice Pieces: Feet 
Monument Type
Statuary 
Material(s)
Aphrodisian marble (Visual identification)  
Date
post ad 1 - pre ad 450 
Keywords
Body  
Collections
Aphrodisias, Site and Museum  

Location

Original Location
Aphrodisias 
Current Location
Aphrodisias Museum depot 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Rough shaping
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The foot on the left has been roughly shaped with the point chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Fine shaping
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The example on the right has been more carefully finished with the flat chisel even if the overall shape of the foot is less realistic than the other foot.

Notes

A large number of carved feet have been found at Aphrodisias, many of them of relatively low quality, which seem to have been produced by apprentices or trainee sculptors in the city. Feet were probably used as subjects because they are fairly complicated anatomically, because the pieces of stone on which they were carved could be laid down on a flat surface, and because the sculptors could use their own feet as models.

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